Europe Introducing New 20-Euro Note

By Fernand Gagnier, for ExpatBriefing.com 27 February, 2015

Expats living in the euro zone will soon see a new EUR20 note being introduced to tackle counterfeits.

The new design is intended to enable anyone to determine whether a note is real. The official website for the euro banknotes said it is possible to identify a fake simply by its feel and look, including through holograms that should be visible when a note is titled.

The newest notes, known as the europa series notes, incorporate the latest technology, with special features including unique paper and embossed printing to give a distinctive feel. They also have infrared and untraviolet properties. The most innovative feature is a "window" that appears only when the note is held to the light. This reveals a portrait of Europa, a character from Greek mythology, which can be seen on both sides. When the banknote is tilted, the window also shows rainbow-colored markings highlighting the denomination.

The europa series notes are gradually being introduced alongside the older first series notes, which currently remain legal tender. The EUR20 note will come into circulation in November of this year.

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